UN agency resumes work in Gaza hours after cease-fire

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A 12-year-old girl and a boy peer through openings in their damaged home to observe the effects of an airstrike in the central Gaza Strip. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1521/IYAD EL BABA

The UN agency which assists Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) is back at work following Wednesday's announcement of a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

UNRWA has opened its 21 health centres in Gaza, having maintained service in 19 of these facilities, as well as food distribution and provision of essential sanitation services, during the latest round of fighting.

UN Radio spoke to UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness on Thursday.

He says the agency is preparing to open all of its 245 schools so that some 225,000 children can return to the classroom.

"Just a few days ago there were between 10,000 and 11,000 internally displaced people who had gone to 14 of our schools in Gaza. And I'm pleased to say that they went back to their homes and we will be opening our schools on Saturday."

UNRWA will also increase psycho-social support services to children traumatized by the fighting.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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